Review: Infinity Son

Review Infinity Son

Infinity Son is the first fantasy novel by bestselling author Adam Silvera. I absolutely loved his earlier More Happy Than Not, and What If It’s Us (co-written with Becky Albertalli). Infinity Son gives Silvera a different canvas on which to display his remarkable ability to build complete characters and complicated relationships.

From the publisher:

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

In his previous novels, Adam Silvera has shown a consistent ability to create characters and relationships that are fully fleshed out and in which the reader becomes fully vested. Infinity Son is no exception. Silvera’s emotional heart is on full display.

Emil is a reluctant hero bestowed with magical powers, while his brother, Brighton, is relegated to the sidelines in multiple battles. A growing undercurrent of envy ripples beneath Brighton’s vow to support his brother.

I love how Infinity Son offers a look at relationships and what it means to belong to a family. It’s not the typical fantasy fare. We watch as Emil tries to figure out his place in all of this – in the greater conflict, in the Spell Walkers group, and even in his own family.

Silvera builds several twists into Infinity Son, including one that will rock you in the very last sentence of the book. This is the first of what Silvera has promised will be a two-book series, but rest assured, the storyline in Infinity Son is concluded in a very satisfying way. The last page sets up a new storyline that will have you eager to read the next installment.

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